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This is a WIP, NaNoWriMo 2015, Forest Wed. Adann and Kaie (who was engaged), are married as symbols of their gods, and 2 weeks into their marriage, the gods’ blessing and the town are suffering, so they are sent on a hunting trip with two experienced hunters (Rui and Corliss). On the third day, Kaie and Adann trap a kien (snake and anteater monster), kill it, and Adann is injured with Kaie fussing over her.
Kaie focused intently on wrapping her arm, arranging each rag strip just so, and tying them in place with a deft hand.
Adann flexed her arm, making sure she could use it, “Thank you.”
“Let’s get back to camp,” Kaie fetched his own bag, and walked beside her, sneaking anxious glances at they went.
Adann turned her head, catching his intent gaze, and promptly was hit in the leg with a low-hanging branch. She stumbled, and Kaie caught her on her good arm.
Despite her protests, she had to suffer him holding her arm for support the rest of the way back to the camp.
“We caught another monster, and Adann’s hurt!” Kaie announced as soon as they reached the camp, jerking both hunter’s attention to her.
“I’m fine, really,” Adann said, her jaw set stubbornly.
“Let me look at it,” Corliss demanded, and hauled the younger woman over to a fallen log, pressing her into sitting.
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Beikife is a small town in something like the Amazon rain forest, protected by a pair of married gods. The gods are represented by human avatars, two young people chosen and married by divine power. The strength of the marriage represents the bond between the gods’ blessing, so the new forest wed must find a way to connect to each other, or the crops will fail, the rivers will flood, and the cursed monsters that live in the forest will claim many lives.